Why Does Halloween Have to be So Scary?

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Young children need help navigating the spooky images they see every October. Bestselling author/illustrator Brenda Ponnay's latest book helps little ones have fun at trick-or-treat time this Halloween.

Goblins, ghouls and ghosts take center stage in October, but what is this doing to little kids?

Big kids may have a blast, but for little ones, all that spooky fun can lead to nightmares, anxiety and more. When her own daughter was worrying about the displays she saw at a local shopping center, children’s book author/illustrator Brenda Ponnay realized a need in the children’s book marketplace.

“It’s fun for adults and older kids to be a little scared every Halloween. But some of the stuff out there is really terrifying and I saw that younger kids needed a way to process what they were inevitably seeing,” shared Ponnay. “I wanted to create a book that could give preschoolers a way to enjoy the costumes and all the fun that happens on Halloween and give them the tools to know its all just pretend.”

Ponnay is part of a growing trend of authors and illustrators creating children’s books specifically for eReaders. Her latest book, Who’s There, Little Hoo? was published by Xist Publishing, a digital-first children’s publishing company. “After working with Brenda in the past, I was thrilled to hear she wanted to create a Halloween book that showed kids they don’t have to be scared. We know that even toddlers love looking at picture books on tablets and smartphones so it’s great to be able to offer this seasonal title for the touchscreen generation,” said CEO and founder of Xist Publishing, Calee Lee.

Who’s There, Little Hoo? tells the story of a little owl who is terrified on Halloween night when scary creatures keep coming to his door. Once they take off their costumes however, Little Hoo learns that it’s just his friends beneath the masks and they all have a Halloween party. Building upon the woodland characters she created for her Valentine’s Day bestseller, Be Mine, author/illustrator Brenda Ponnay has created a Halloween story for even the most timid toddler.

Who’s There, Little Hoo? is available in paperback and as a children’s ebook with text-tap-to-zoom for the Kindle Fire and Android tablets. Reviewers have called it, “an adorable Children's book filled with Halloween fun!” and “a great read aloud for preschoolers or Kindergarten age students.”

About Brenda Ponnay
Brenda Ponnay is stealthy secret agent who juggles parenthood by day and a career as a children's illustrator by night . Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day. The author and illustrator of 11 picture books, Ponnay has been featured on Good Morning America, in numerous publications and she blogs at http://secret-agent-josephine.com.

About Xist Publishing
Xist Publishing creates books for the touchscreen generation and launched its first children’s ebook in July 2011. With a digital-first strategy, each of their 135 children’s books was developed first as an ebook and later made available in print. Xist Publishing books and authors have been featured on Good Morning America, US News & World Report, The Pioneer Woman, Shelf Awareness, Digital Book World and more. To learn more, please visit http://xistpublishing.com

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